The Mashemeji rivals fought full time and registered a goalless draw before K’Ogalo emerged victorious by conceding four of their penalty goals.
Gor Mahia booked a Caf Confederation Cup ticket after outscoring the AFC Leopards 4-1 in the Shield Cup final of the Football Kenya Federation at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
After a 0-0 full-time draw, the Mashemeji clubs had to battle it out to determine the winner and Gor Mahia became superior after Ingwe could not convert two of their first kicks.
Sydney Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Samuel Onyango and Clifton Miheso passed for Gor Mahia while Washington Munene scored the only goal for AFC Leopards after Isaac Kipyegon and Said Tsuma could not convert their penalties.
The first chance for Gor Mahia was in the fourth minute when Geoffrey Ochieng delivered a good lead from his flank, but Muguna could not quickly collect it inside the area until AFC Leopards removed it. Although Ingwe handled the resulting corner kick nervously, Gor Mahia must blame themselves for not taking the chance.
Elvis Rupia almost opened the scoring for AFC Leopards in the fifth minute as he moved past a Gor Mahia track and unleashed a powerful attack from close range that hit the crossbar.
K’Ogalo launched a good build-up in the 20th minute with John Macharia playing a key role in passing a last-ditch pass to Tito Okello, but AFC Leopards’ defenders scrambled before the South Sudanese star could settle and the trigger could pull.
Gor Mahia’s Frank Odhiambo, who established himself as one of the key players under Manuel Vaz Pinto, was lucky not to receive a yellow card in the 27th minute when he tackled Rupia dangerously. Austine Odhiambo took the free kick on the edge of the penalty area, but Gor Mahia’s wall blocked his shot.
After sitting back a few minutes before half-time to restrain Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards designed a counter-attack in the 32nd minute, but Rupia finally shot off target after a clinical pass from Lewis Bandi got in his way. ended up.
K’Ogalo came close to extending the visitors’ lead when he found himself completely unmarked in front of the goal after a pass through the middle, but he lifted the ball over Jeff Oyemba and it was a little too high and hit the bar. In the 54th minute, Odhiambo left the field, and Peter Thiong’o – an attacking midfielder – was suggested in his place when coach Patrick Aussems made his first change.
The second changes for Ingwe took place in the 72nd second minute when Harrison Mwendwa and Collins Shivachi were replaced by Washington Munene and Hansel Ochieng respectively, while Samuel Onyango of Gor Mahia appointed Macharia.
Gor Mahia has now won the local trophy for the eleventh time in their history and has secured them again from continental football next season.
AFC Leopards XI: Jeff Oyemba, Collins Shivachi, Lewis Bandi, Clyde Senaji, Isaac Kipyegon, Said Tsuma, Collins Shichenje, Austine Odhiambo, Brian Wanyama, Harrison Mwendwa, Elvis Rupia.
Subs: Ezekiel Owade, Robert Mudenyu, Caleb Olilo, Bienvenue Shaka, Eugene Mukangula, Marvin Nabwire, Hansel Ochieng.
Gor Mahia XI: Gad Mathews, Frank Odhiambo, Charles Momanyi, Geoffrey Ochieng, Harun Shakava, John Macharia, Kenneth Muguna, Ernest Wendo, Clifton Miheso,
Subs: Caleb Omondi, Joachim Oluoch, Fred Nkata, Andrew Juma, Samuel Onyango, Sydney Ochieng, Nicholas Omondi, Jules Ulimwengu.